3 Quick and Easy Greek Vegetarian Recipes

January 11, 2012


I make these 3 dishes all the time. When these vegetables are in season and I have time, I use fresh, otherwise I always keep frozen green beans and peas in my freezer and make them that way. Studies have shown that frozen vegetables maintain their nutritional value, however fresh, in season vegetables that haven’t been sitting in a grocery store for days, preferably from the farmers market is the best choice.

As you will see all three dishes have the same basic sauce and instructions, you just change the herbs you use. For example green beans go well with parsley, while peas go well with dill. I also have frozen herbs always in my kitchen; they work well in cooked dishes.

We eat this with feta and some bread. And remember these recipes are ideal for kids; my 3 ½ year old son has been eating these dishes since he was one. Before that, I would make him a modified Greek baby vegetarian meal, by steaming all the ingredients (for example green beans, parsley, onion etc.) and then adding a bit of olive oil.

The calorie count is about 300-350 calories for 1 serving. All 3 recipes make about 3 servings.

These dishes are even better the next day and they are usually consumed at room temperature. 

Green Beans in Olive Oil and Tomato (Fasolakia Lathera)


  • 1 pound green beans
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 10 oz. chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned) with their juice.
  • 1 large chopped potato
  • Parsley
  • Salt/Pepper


1. Sauté the onions for a few minutes in medium pot with the oil.

2. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, and parsley and let it come to a boil.

3. Add the green beans and potato and let them simmer until soft and tender about an hour.

You can add carrot as well. Steam for a few minutes before adding it to the pot.


Peas in Olive Oil and Tomato (Arakas Latheros)


  • 1 pound peas
  • 1 -2 spring onions (or 1 regular onion)
  • 10 oz. chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned) with their juice.
  • 1-2 carrots sliced
  • 1/3-1/2 cup olive oil
  • Chopped fresh dill
  • Salt/pepper


1. Sauté the onions for a few minutes in medium pot with the oil.

2. Add the tomatoes, ¼ cup water, salt, pepper, parsley and let it come to a boil.

3. Add the peas, if the peas are not covered with the sauce, add a bit of water. Let it simmer until soft and tender about an hour.

Steam the carrots for a few minutes before adding to the pot.

Okra in Olive Oil and Tomato (Bamies Latheres)


  • 1 pound okra
  • 10 oz. chopped tomatoes (fresh or canned) with their juice.
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Parsley
  • Salt/Pepper


1. Sauté the onions for a few minutes in medium pot with the oil.

2. Add the tomatoes, ¼ cup water, salt, pepper, parsley and let it come to a boil.

3. Add the okra, making sure they are well covered with the sauce and let it simmer until soft and tender about an hour.

* If you are using fresh okra you’ll need to peel the tip where the stalk is, without cutting it off so that the seeds do not pour out while cooking. Then you let them sit in vinegar for an hour.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply 3 Tips for Easy and Healthy Home Cooking, Greek style. | Olive Tomato January 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    […] the best part: active preparation time is only 10 minutes and they cook for 30-40 minutes. Click here for 3 easy and healthy lathera recipes. These dishes last 2-3 days and we eat them with a piece of […]

  • Reply 23 Interesting and Easy Ways to Eat Greek Yogurt | Olive Tomato February 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    […] Out of feta? Serve Greek  vegetable casseroles with a dollop of strained […]

  • Reply The Unique Greek Fast: Semi-Vegetarian, Appetizing and Healthy | Olive Tomato March 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    […] oil) are consumed. These meals consist of potatoes, pasta or rice, beans, boiled wild greens, vegetable casseroles made without the olive oil and of course fruit. The only animal products allowed are shellfish, […]

  • Reply National Nutrition Month: Get your plate in shape… the Mediterranean way. | Olive Tomato March 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    […] cook their vegetables and consume them as a main course with some cheese and bread. Check out some easy recipes using fresh or frozen […]

  • Reply The Rules of the Greek Fast | Olive Tomato April 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

    […] with little pieces of cooked octopus in tomato sauce, rice and spinach, green beans or peas ladera (made with tomato and olive oil), lentils cooked with olive oil, Greek potato salad, spanakopita […]

  • Reply Mediterranean Diet Month: Eat like a Greek and avoid red meat | Olive Tomato May 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

    […] diet, not only in regards to taste but due to their antioxidant activity. Start by trying these Greek vegetable based […]

  • Reply 5 tips for introducing the Mediterranean diet to your child | Olive Tomato May 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    […] your child. Once I added tomato to baby’s diet, we were all able to eat from the same pot. I make lathera (mainly vegetable casseroles made with tomato and olive oil) and then just puree or smash them a […]

  • Reply Don't underestimate the tomato, it may be one of the most important ingredients of the Greek Diet. | Olive Tomato July 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    […] beans, okra, peas, briami-vegetable summer medley, and eggplant to name a few-see some recipes here. In the winter when they didn’t have fresh tomatoes, they would use tomato paste to provide […]

  • Reply Briami, The Greek Ratatouille | Olive Tomato August 30, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    […] okra and bell pepper. You can make briami in a pot just like you would make ….let’s say fasolakia ladera (green beans with tomato and olive oil), or in the oven which is how I like it. With the roasted […]

  • Reply Live Longer with the Greek Lifestyle: Eat Plants and Drink Wine | Olive Tomato November 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    […] Vegetables I remember just eating vegetables as a main dish. Vegetables such as green beans, peas, eggplant, artichoke, and okra are cooked in olive oil, […]

  • Reply Study Says Tomatoes May Protect From Depression | Olive Tomato January 3, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    […] vegetable and make stews with olive oil and plenty of herbs, known as lathera and kokkinista- see here for some easy recipes. Tomato paste is also added to stewed meats and cooked beans. And don’t […]

  • Reply National Heart Month-The original heart healthy diet: The Cretan Diet | Olive Tomato February 25, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    […] Cretan Man Diet: “His midday, main meal is of eggplant, with large livery mushrooms, crisp vegetables and country bread dipped in the nectar that is golden Cretan olive oil.” Translation: Eat your largest meal as early in the day . We have discussed  research that shows the importance  of timing. Most of your meals should be vegetable based. Cooked seasonal vegetables with olive oil and/or tomato, accompanied by some cheese and bread. Check out these recipes. […]

  • Reply Sun-Dried Greek Style Roasted Okra in Tomato Sauce | Olive Tomato August 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    […] this is usually made as a stew, known as bamies latheres, (you can see the recipe here), I like the roasted version more. I’ll make it during the summer when okra is available […]

  • Reply How to Use Olive Oil to Get the Most Benefits | Olive Tomato October 14, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    […] meal in Greece and takes place between 1 and 3 pm) we usually have a typical vegetable dish (lathero), which I make with seasonal vegetables, olive oil and tomato and herbs in a casserole. In some […]

  • Reply The Secret (of the Mediterranean Diet) is in the Sauce. | Olive Tomato November 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    […] Imagine, eating a dish of let’s say beans or okra which have their own antioxidants and along with that, the tomato sauce getting an additional 40 antioxidants (or more). But remember, you have to make it yourself, which is pretty easy. Check out how to make the Greek lathera one here. […]

  • Reply Lynnie November 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Mm mmm. I LOVE okra and have just been planting seeds. I do t think I will wait for them to grow though. Gonna buy some and cook this right now!

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RD November 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

      Good Luck Lynnie!

  • Reply 5 Ways to Eat More Vegetables The Greek Way | Olive Tomato April 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    […] pound of vegetables, that is about 4 servings of vegetables in one sitting. Check here, here, and here for recipes for these vegetable casseroles or roasted […]

  • Reply Yiayias Greek Fried Pita filled with Feta Cheese - Tiropitaria | Olive Tomato June 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    […] you can imagine we had quite an appetite. Everyday my yiayia would cook all sorts of meals: lathera, goat, lamb, fish, pasta, plenty of tomato-cucumber salads (at every meal), beans she made […]

  • Reply Eating Out in Greece. 10 Ways to Eat Like a Local. | Olive Tomato July 3, 2014 at 6:35 am

    […] the restaurant and they have platters full of lathera vegetables. In the summer you may see briami, green beans, okra, eggplant, stuffed tomatoes and of course the various pites (spinach pie, cheese pie […]

  • Reply What Greek Kids are Eating for Lunch and Why American School Lunches Should be More Greek | Olive Tomato October 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    […] Peas cooked in olive oil and tomato. We call this Arakas Latheros. Kids love it, because it tasty, put some bread a piece of cheese to accompany it and you’re set. […]

  • Reply 19 delicious ways to use feta cheese | Olive Tomato August 3, 2015 at 8:36 am

    […] 8. Combine with any type of vegetables cooked with olive oil and tomato (lathera). […]

  • Reply How to use fresh herbs in the Greek Mediterranean Diet | Olive Tomato May 3, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    […] in everything. Since it doesn’t have such a strong taste it is used in most vegetable casseroles-ladera, and also kokkinista; dishes made with tomato sauce, but also in other meat dishes as well as […]

  • Reply bedi May 24, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Potatoes in fasulia lathera? never heard of it.

  • Reply Susanne September 29, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    I was wondering if I could make the okra lathera with cut frozen okra, since it’s the only kind I can find locally. Thanks, I love your website!

  • Leave a Reply